As amended by the 31st Meeting of the Executive Committee









Guidelines for Formulation of RMP

Basic Format for RMPs


The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol was established as an environmental fund to assist developing countries to eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances (ODS) controlled under the Montreal Protocol.

Developing countries, whose calculated consumption of ODS is less than 0.3 kg per capita per year are considered to be operating under Article 5, paragraph 1 of the Montreal Protocol and are eligible for assistance under the Multilateral Fund to enable their compliance with the control measures of the Protocol. The control measures include the freeze of consumption and production of Annex A CFCs at the average of 1995-97 levels by July 1999, reduction by 50% by January 2005 and 85% by 2007 and 100% phase out by 2020.

Financial assistance under the Multilateral Fund is provided in two main categories - investment projects and non-investment projects (including Country Programmes, Institutional Strengthening projects, technical assistance and training projects, Networking and information dissemination). Though the number and costs of the different types of projects vary considerably, each constitutes a critically important element for Article 5 countries in reaching and sustaining the 1999 CFC freeze targets and in obtaining their goal of complete ODS phase-out by 2010.

The first step toward implementation of the directives of the Montreal Protocol is the formulation of a Country Programme by a National Team.1 The Country Programme incorporates a comprehensive account of the current consumption of ODS in the country, defines the institutional, political and industrial framework and estimates the economic and social consequences of meeting national commitments under the Montreal Protocol.

Once the Country Programme has been prepared and approved by the Executive Committee, financial assistance can be requested through the National Ozone Unit (NOU)2 for investment and non-investment projects, in accordance with the Action Plan defined in the Country Programme. Institutional Strengthening projects, which are aimed to strengthen national capacities to coordinate and monitor phase out activities are normally approved concomitant with approval of the Country Programme.

1 Under UNEP’s methodology for formulating Country programmes, the Government is encouraged to designate an official Focal Point and to formulate a National Team consisting of representatives from relevant ministries, associations, Non-Governmental Organizations, institutes, etc, who would be actively involved in the Country Programme exercise

2 Institutional Strengthening projects enable the establishment and/or strengthening of National Ozone Units which are responsible for the coordination, management and monitoring of national phase-out activities and implementation of the Country Programmes.

As of September 2000, the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund has approved 82 Country Programmes and 77 Institutional Strengthening projects.


2.1 Characteristics of LVCs and VLVCs

As of September 2000, 120 countries were classified as Article 5 countries most of which were classified as low-volume ODS-consuming countries (LVCs).3 LVCs are those countries whose consumption of ODS is less than 360 tonnes per annum. Very low volume ODSconsuming countries (VLVCs) are those whose consumption is less than 30 tonnes per annum. LVCs (hereinafter includes VLVCs) consume small amounts of ODS, but these ODS can be critical to their economy, especially in export and foreign exchange earning sectors.

Few LVCs manufacture ODS and ODS-containing equipment and their needs for those items are met by larger Article 5 and non-Article 5 countries. Most LVCs consume about 70-100% of their total ODS consumption in the refrigeration sectors, mostly for servicing and maintenance of refrigeration equipment.

2.2 Barriers to Phase Out

There are a number of barriers to the phase-out of ODS in LVCs, including inadequately skilled manpower, institutional constraints, large and diverse informal sector, lack of information and training on ozone issues, low economies of scale of phase-out projects and lack of sufficient involvement by all stakeholders.4

Since many LVCs do not have any investment projects, effective implementation of non-investment activities such as training, information dissemination and Recovery and Recycling is imperative to enable them to meet their phase-out obligations. It is particularly important that institutional arrangements (such as establishment of legislation, monitoring ODS consumption and increasing public awareness, etc.) and industrial sector activities (conversion, training, etc.) are implemented in a coordinated and synchronized way. However in many LVCs these different actions have often not been well coordinated, sometimes under the responsibility of different agencies.

2.3 The Need for a Refrigerant Management Plan

Until now, the approval of Country Programmes and Institutional Strengthening projects has been followed by a "project-by-project" approach for the purpose of phase out of ozone depleting refrigerants. The need for such projects has been identified at different times and stages of Country Programme implementation.

3 At its 17th Meeting, the Executive Committee defined “Low ODS Consuming Countries” as countries with ODS consumption of less than 360 metric tonnes (Decision 17/11).

4 Paper presented by UNEP at the 20th Executive Committee meeting, entitled “Proposed framework for Overall approaching for addressing the needs of Low Volume ODS consuming countries”.

Typical projects submitted and approved for LVCs have included:

· Training of refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians

· Training of Customs officials

· Recovery and Recycling and Conversion projects

Such a "project-by-project" approach has often resulted in delays and inefficiencies in project approval and implementation processes. The absence of a specific policy framework has also resulting in sluggish responses and prevented the effective translation of the phase-out strategy as identified in the Country Programme.

One approach for overcoming the above mentioned inefficiencies is to institute a coordinated approach which will enable a comprehensive phase-out plan to be prepared and implemented at the national level. A Refrigerant Management Plan (RMP) comprises such a comprehensive phase-out strategy for the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning sectors in LVCs.

The RMP will ensure that LVCs meet their freeze commitments and further phase-out obligations. Additionally the RMP is designed to assist LVCs in meeting the decision taken at the 9th Meeting of the Parties that all countries need to adopt legislative and administrative measures to regulate export and import of products, equipment components and technologies.

These guidelines are at present designed to meet the phase-out requirements in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector of LVCs.2 However these guidelines can be customized for larger volume ODS consuming countries also. The guidelines are a broadbased reference document and should be adapted to meet the specific needs and requirements of each country. Other related documents could be used for reference such as:

· Reducing CFC Use in Refrigeration: Strategic Options for Countries with Low CFC Consumption (UNIDO/USEPA)

· ODS Pollution Prevention Management Plan (Environment Canada)

· Regulations to Control ODS – A Guidebook (UNEP/SEI)

· Monitoring Imports of ODS – A Guidebook (UNEP/SEI)

· Implementation and Design of Codes of Good Servicing Practices in Refrigeration for

Article 5 Countries (UNEP)

· Guidelines for the Establishment of Recovery and Recycling Systems and Related Legislation for LVCs (UNEP)

· Training module for National Training Courses on Good Practices Refrigeration (UNEP)

Most of the above documents are available on-line at

2 The original RMP guidelines were based on a paper jointly prepared by UNEP and the Government of France, and subsequent discussions with other relevant stakeholders.




The overall objective of a Refrigerant Management Plan (RMP) is to develop and plan a strategy that will manage the use and phase-out of virgin CFC refrigerants for servicing refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.


The necessity to develop and implement a RMP originates from the need to resolve the many complex and interrelated issues defined above so as to eliminate the use of ODS refrigerants.

The RMP is a critical management tool for LVCs for a smooth transition to non-ODS refrigerants and includes strategy elements such as containment, Recovery and Recycling, retrofits and provision for the critical stocks for the 'service tail' through internal conservation techniques. The RMP will contribute to the country’s phase-out of ODS by identifying all the activities required, describing all the Government measures that will be necessary to ensure the success of projects and planning how all these activities will be implemented over time.

The RMP will result in:

  • ·accelerating progress of ODS phase-out by enhancing efficiency of project implementation

  • ·reducing national dependence on ODS

  • improving planning, management and coordination of national phase-out activities by National Ozone Units (NOUs), and industries

  • synchronizing policy setting with phase-out activities

Steps for formulation of RMP

Undertake country-specific review and analysis of:

  • refrigeration and air-conditioning sector and sub-sector

  • consumption of CFC and HCFC refrigerants and their availability, sources of supply and distribution channels

  • production of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment

  • servicing and maintenance workshops

Characterize the relative importance of sub-sectors on the basis of:

  • level of consumption of ODS refrigerants

  • economic importance

  • trade orientation.

3 This section is from the Multilateral Fund Secretariat's Policies, Procedures, Guidelines And Criteria (as at July 2000), Annex VIII.16.

Assess the available and feasible options, including:

  • technical options such as: good practices, recovery and recycling, conversion, retrofitting, replacements etc

  • policy options such as: voluntary programmes/agreements, legislation and regulations, economic instruments.


Evaluate alternative options for:

  • cost-effectiveness

  • feasibility and timing

  • maximum impact

Formulate a refrigerant management policy (which will include all or some of the following elements, in accordance with country -specific needs):

  • training programme for refrigeration technicians

  • recovery and Recycling system

  • training programme for customs officials

  • improved system for collection and monitoring and control of consumption of ODS refrigerant

While developing the RMP, it must be recognized that implementation of all the components should be timed to complement one another so as to ensure maximum impact on ODS phaseout in accordance with national phase-out time-schedules and obligations under the Montreal Protocol.

The elements and activities proposed for an RMP, whether they are to be funded by the Multilateral Fund or the country itself, should reflect the country’s particular circumstances and address all relevant sectors including the informal sector. They should be sufficient to ensure fulfilment of the countries’ control obligations at least up to and including the 85% reduction in 2007, and should include mechanisms for reporting progress.


Step 1: Setting up the coordinating team

The establishment of a Coordinating Team will ensure the involvement of all relevant stakeholders in the development of the RMP and will facilitate the flow of information from different sectors and provide feedback and inputs into the phase-out strategy.

· if the country programme is under formulation, the Ozone Focal Point and the National Team could act as the Coordinating Team.

· if the country programme has already been approved, the National Team could be reactivated with the help of the NOU (set up under the Institutional Strengthening project).

In both cases, the Coordinating Team could be enhanced with representation from typical  stakeholders in accordance with their sectoral and economic importance (examples of some of the stakeholders who could be part of the Coordinating Team are provided below).

Ministerial representation: Agriculture and Fisheries; Tourism; Industry and Commerce; Customs; Economic planning; Transport; Defense; Environment, etc.

Industrial, Institutional and other representation:; Professional federations for the different economic sectors (refrigeration, fishing, slaughterhouses, tourism, etc); chambers of commerce and industry; large supermarket chains; training organizations; importers and distributors of ODS refrigerants; refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians, etc.

Step 2: Data collection

Responsibility for data collection:

· if the country programme is under formulation, the Coordinating Team will undertake this exercise in conjunction with country programme activities

· if the country programme has already been approved, the basic information can be obtained from the country programme which can be updated as necessary.

Sectors to be covered:

It is important that the reliable data is collected as it will be analysed to determine major trends in the national consumption patterns and to define a phase-out strategy. Data must be collected from government departments and importers, distributors and final users.

· Refrigeration: domestic and retail; commercial and industrial (centralized refrigeration units with plant rooms and cooling distribution systems, restaurants, large chillers, display cabinets, cold stores, units with separate condensers); refrigerated transport; warehousing; agro-food processes; service workshops; other industrial processes.

· Air conditioning: water cooling units; public and domestic air conditioning; vehicle air conditioners.

Structure of sector phase-out strategy

The strategy for phase-out should clearly indicate the commitment of government and other economic actors to eliminate the use of ODS refrigerants in accordance with a definite phaseout schedule and timetable. The elements listed below include all the possible components – however the phaseout strategy in each individual RMP should be formulated in accordance with country-specific needs and requirements:

Economic instruments:

· introduction and/or amendment of existing legislative, regulatory and incentive framework related to: controlling and monitoring ODS imports and ODS containing equipment monitoring ODS consumption

· application of economic incentives or market stimuli economic incentives for recovery and recycling and for promoting the use and consumption of non-ODS refrigerants

· education, information dissemination, training including increasing public awareness, training of Customs Officials, training of technicians for good practices in repairing and maintaining systems and use of alternative technologies and equipment, training in converting existing facilities (drop-in and retrofitting) and use of alternative technologies and equipment

Institutional arrangements:

· encourage professionals to group together

· encourage stakeholders that are part of the Coordinating Team to be involved in the implementation of RMP

· arrangements for certifying service technicians Industrial framework:

· Recovery and recycling and/or reclamation

· Conversion and adaptation of existing system, including retrofits

Drafting the RMP

Based on the data and country-specific evaluation, the RMP will be developed and should include the following elements:

(a) assessment of use of and ODS and ODS using Refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment;

(b) assessment of potential impact of and need for increased public awareness and established policy instruments to meet the obligations of the Montreal Protocol;

(c) basic refrigerant management policy, including objectives, national strategy, activities and timetable.

(d) specific plan for improving operations and maintenance practices

(e) specific plan for establishing and enforcing refrigerant containment practices (usually a code of good practices, certification scheme, etc.);

(f) specific plan for implementing refrigerant recovery, recycling and reclamation;

(g) specific plan for establishing and enforcing related policy for equipment procurement;

(h) specific plan for establishing supporting legislation/regulation and awareness raising campaigns.

All specific activities will be accompanied by time schedules and appropriate measurable ODS phase-out targets.


· if the country programme has already been approved:, the consultant (international or national) will work in close consultation with the NOU and the Coordinating Team and Coordinating sub-groups to undertake the following tasks:

(a) study the country programme and review the current situation

(b) assess current consumption, trends in the industry, economic growth and trends, impact of market forces, existing legislation, trade flows, etc.

(c) assess need for establishment of new regulations and legislation, modification of existing ones and the costs involved.

(d) determine what actions have been taken at a national level to raise awareness and their impact

(e) determine whether training programmes have been conducted, and assess their impact

(f) estimate number of technicians in organized and informal sector and determine the scope of a training programme for refrigerant technicians

(g) assess the need, commitment and cost for establishment of certification programmes

(h) evaluate the benefits and costs of an awareness programme aimed at the technicians in the informal sector

(i) assess need and costs of training programme for Customs officials

(j) determine feasibility and necessity for a recovery and recycling project.

(k) determine feasibility and necessity for retrofitting and conversion

(l) draw up the phase-out strategy in close consultation with national stakeholders

(m) define specific projects and costs involved for phase-out in the refrigeration and Air-conditioning sector

(n) formulate the RMP, including time-schedule for each activity, total cost and mechanism for coordination of activities.

· if the country programme is under formulation, the consultant will work in close consultation with the Ozone Focal Point and the Coordinating Team to collect the required data and follow the above steps.


· if the country programme is under formulation, the Ozone Focal Point and the National Team and/or the Coordinating Team will have the responsibility for the monitoring of the development of the RMP and coordination with other coordinating groups, with the Implementing Agencies and the consultant.

· if the country programme has already been approved, the NOU and the Coordinating Team will be responsible for this activity. The Coordinating Team will have the responsibility of ensuring that the RMP is approved by all relevant stakeholders, before submission to the Executive Committee, with a signed Transmittal Letter from the Government and for implementing the RMP, when approved by the Executive Committee.


1. Country situation

1.1 Status of the country with regard the Montreal Protocol: Provide a brief summary of status of ratification of the different treaties (Montreal Protocol, Vienna Convention, London Amendment, Copenhagen Amendment).

1.2 Status of country programme: Has the country programme been prepared:

  • if yes:

- attach the Action Plan

- indicate whether proposed phase-out schedule has been met. If not, specify why not and indicate difference between the forecast and the real situation with regard to consumption of ODS refrigerants

- indicate whether data is reliable and updated

- indicate current Institutional framework established for the implementation of the country programme

· if no:

- define status of country programme preparation

- proposed time-frame for completion Status of institutional strengthening project: Does the NOU exist:


· if yes:

- indicate progress made with project implementation

- indicate progress of Country programme implementation

- specify any difficulties encountered

1.4 Current situation: Define the pattern, level and structure of ODS consumed in each sector, under the following headings:

  • domestic refrigeration and air conditioning

  • commercial refrigeration

  • industrial refrigeration and air conditioning

  • automobile air conditioning

For each of these sectors and sub-sectors, provide an assessment of the current situation of:

I. policy (legal and regulatory) framework;

II. economic importance (contribution to GNP, number of employees, export involvement, foreseeable trends);

III. number, quality and geographic dispersion of the systems and their likely trends;

IV. situation regarding the quality of systems and their maintenance by with international standards;

V. qualitative and quantitative description of the human resources involved detail identified needs, based on above analysis

2. Justification for RMP

Give the reasons why it is necessary to develop and implement RMP.

3. Assistance received

Indicate sources and nature of assistance received for preparation of RMP, including:

I. multilateral and bilateral agencies

II. companies and industry

III. government departments and agencies

IV. non-governmental organizations, etc.

4. Components of the phase out strategy

Define the strategic objectives and constraints on which the Action Plan will be based.

5. Action plan

I. indicate the specific actions to be undertaken in each sector and sub-sector. Each element of the action plan must be accompanied by a precise and realistic timetable

II. define projects, their objectives, costs and precise impact. Each project should be accompanied by ODS phase-out targets

III. total cost of the action plan

IV. financial and technical assistance needed to implement the Action Plan

6. Institutional framework

I. identify the lead agency which will be responsible for implementation of RMP. In most cases, it will be the NOU already established under the Institutional Strengthening project.

II. define a precise timetable for implementing institutional arrangements and Action Plan

III. describe the arrangements for monitoring of effective implementation of RMP

7. Impact

Define foreseen impacts with regard to:

I. meeting Montreal Protocol control measures

II. reduction in ODS consumption

III. strengthening national capacity and expertise


The following table summarizes the sources and types of data that can be collected.


· quantities and types of imported ODS refrigerants and equipment containing them

· numbers and types of imported systems containing or capable of containing ODS

· name of importers (ODS and units)

· import licenses, quotas, import taxes, if any (ODS, units containing them and equipment)

· quality of inspection and monitoring of imports

· amount of exports of ODS or units containing them, if any

· origin of imports and destination of exports (ODR and equipment)


· industrial firms using refrigeration and/or air conditioning

· economic importance and trends

· degree of electrification of country and trends

· extent of foreign investment


· inventory of storage systems

· survey of consumers


· number of hotels, restaurants, etc and ODS containing systems

· economic importance and trends

· extent of foreign investment


· names and geographical distribution of fishing firms and fish

· processing units

· economic importance and trends

· estimated extend of foreign investment


· economic importance of commerce using ODS (supermarkets, other shops) and trends

· estimated extent of foreign investment

Informal sector:

· estimated number of craft workers and workshops in the refrigeration sector and trends

· analysis of the structure of this sector (informal, formal, etc.)

Education and vocational training:

· data on training centers for occupations connected with refrigeration

· analysis of the quality of training


· estimated number of air conditioned vehicles and trends

· estimated number of refrigerated vehicles and trends


· number of households with refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning and air conditioned vehicles

· macro-economic data and trend


· quantities and types of imported ODS and trend

· names of customers and types of business


  • quantities and types of ODS distributed and trend

  • names of customers and businesses

  • types of packaging used (throwaway or re-usable)

Final users:

  • type of activity

  • quantities and types of ODS consumed and trends of needs

  • qualifications of personnel

  • costs of manpower, maintenance, etc

(Supporting document: UNEP/OzL.Pro/ExCom/23/52, 30/39 and 31/57).

Fuente: UNEP DTIE (2000): United Nations Environment Programme's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics.